Tornado touches down in Alberta

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Tornado swirling near Three Hills, AB, 02 June 2017 (TWN/Twitter)


A large tornado touched down in central Alberta near Three Hills on Friday afternoon amid severe thunderstorms.

Environment Canada had issued a tornado warning for the region which lasted about half an hour.

Officials say wind speeds up to 130 km/h caused damage to trees, roofs and buildings but no one was hurt.

Average hurricane season predicted

Comparing hurricane predictions

Weather forecasters say the early emergence of a tropical storm this year does not mean Eastern Canada should brace for a particularly active hurricane season.

Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says forecasters are expecting an average number of hurricanes this year, despite the formation of tropical storm Alberto last weekend.

Hurricane season generally runs from 01 June to 30 November.

U.S. forecasters are predicting between nine to 15 named storms this year, with one to three expected to become major hurricanes.

Alberto loses strength

Alberto is downgraded to post-tropical (Image courtesy Stormpulse)

The first tropical depression of the 2012 season may have arrived early but Alberto has already lost strength.

The U.S. Hurricane Centre has already issued its final advisory on Alberto which has become a post-tropical storm.

It is not too unusual to see tropical storms before hurricane season officially begins. 
 
Within the past five years, three storms have developed during the month of May.The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is 01 June.